Water Over Silver


edit. by John MacIntosh Mathieson

‘Tha e uile-gu-lèir iomchaidh gum biodh deagh obraichean Iain MhicMhathain air an toirt còmhla ann an leabhar. Tha e làn airidh air cuimhne is iomradh math, agus inbhe fhaighinn ri taobh a chomhaoisean ainmeil…William has built a splendid cairn as a memorial to his friend. It is an honour for me to place my own stone on that cairn, with my blessing and gratitude for what I have learned from them both. I now know who John Mathieson was, and for that I am very much the richer’ – Donald E. Meek, Isle of Tiree

Paperback: 205 pages

Publisher: WATER OVER SILVER, 2020

Language: Gaelic, English

2 in stock

SKU: 9781999330910 Categories: ,

‘John MacIntosh Mathieson’s memoir begins in the streets of Glasgow and by way of Mull of Kintyre proceeds to the straths and bays of Kilmuir. Through his eyes and ears he tells us about his people: his family, his cousins, and the unforgettable folk he grew up with’

‘Scotland needs more biographies of her people. The perfect blend is achieved when a subject personifies the best of oral tradition, of school learning and of university tuition. John MacIntosh Mathieson, born in Glasgow, raised and educated bilingually in Skye and a graduate and academic prize-winner from Edinburgh University, had a superlative career in education being the first Headmaster of the pioneering Millburn Academy in Inverness. His retirement in New Zealand brought friendship with another expatriate Scot, William J. Turner, and it is to that insightful and resourceful veterinarian that we owe this magnificent editing of J.M. Mathieson’s own unfinished personal history. The result is a magisterial narrative that is as assured and scholarly as it is readable. Scotland is much the better for this book’ – Norman Macdonald, Portree, Isle of Skye

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Dimensions 25 × 1.5 × 19.5 cm

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